City prepares for special election

Procedures for the Aug. 13 special election to decide whether alcohol can be sold Sundays in the City of Progress were discussed at an Enterprise City Council work session June 27.

Enterprise City Clerk-Treasurer Bob Dean told the council that seven voting machines have been secured and certified for the election that will be held at the Enterprise Recreation Center on East Lee Street from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Dean said that the rental price of $250 for each machine includes the certification, sealing and service support on election day.

There is one voting machine for each of the city’s five districts, one for absentee ballots and one that is ADA compliant, Dean said. One voting machine will be on display in city hall 30 days prior to the election.

Citizens are reminded that they have to live in the city limits of Enterprise for at least 30 days before the election and register to vote at least 10 days prior to Aug. 13, Dean said.

Those who need to register to vote may do so at the Coffee County Board of Registrar’s office located at the County Complex in New Brockton or online through the Secretary of State’s office at https://www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/voter/register-to-vote.

Dean said that those wishing to vote absentee should make application to do so at least five days before the election and reminded voters that there are specific reasons that allow absentee voting, to include being out of the city on election day.

The official list of registered voters is being updated and will be posted by July 12 at the Enterprise City Hall, the civic center and the recreation center.

Dean reminded the council that they must have a resolution appointing election officials for the election by July 16.

Election officials have mandatory training on Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. in the city council chambers. “We’re on task and on date,” Dean told the council.

The election Aug. 13 will give voters an opportunity to decide whether the sale of alcohol will be allowed on Sundays in the city limits of Enterprise. Specifics—to include authorized hours of Sunday sales—

will be discussed by the council following the citizen vote.

At the city council work session preceding the Jan. 15 voting meeting, the council was in agreement that whether alcohol could be sold in city limits on Sundays should be decided by a vote of the citizens.

At the Jan. 15 council meeting, the Enterprise City Council unanimously approved a resolution to authorize Enterprise Mayor William “Bill” Cooper and Enterprise City Council President Perry Vickers to ask State Rep. Rhett Marques to introduce a bill in the state legislature that would allow the citizens of Enterprise to vote on the issue.

Marques introduced the bill allowing Enterprise residents the opportunity to vote on Sunday alcohol sales—House Bill 345—April 4 and obtained legislative approval authorizing the city to hold a citizen vote on the issue.

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